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Photograph of Dr Younghee Kim, ECD Program Director

Younghee M. Kim

Younghee graduated from the University of Oregon with a doctoral degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education in 1996. She graduated from Sogang University with a B. A. in Education, in Seoul, Korea, in 1985. Prior to coming to Southern, Younghee taught in the Early Child Education Program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the School of Education, Oregon State University, Corvallis during 1996-1999. Her areas of professional interest include early intervention, early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practices, authentic assessment for young children, diversity/multicultural education in pre-service program, portfolio assessment for pre-service teachers, teacher as a change agent, reflective teaching, teacher collaboration, and school and university partnerships. She has two young children who are bilingual in Korean and English. 

ECD Instructor Susan Faller-Mitchell

Susan Faller-Mitchell

Susan brings 15 years of classroom experience to her role as a faculty member with Southern Oregon University. She is a nationally board certified teacher as a middle childhood specialist. She holds a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication from San Jose State University and earned her teaching credential from California State University East Bay in 1993. Her areas of interest include reflective teaching, differentiation, math investigations, science inquiry, and mentoring of student teachers. She considers her role in the School of Education as an investment in our future teachers.

Erin Wilder-ECD faculty

Erin Wilder

Erin holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.  She earned a Masters in Teaching degree from Seattle University in 2002.  She spent several years teaching both full day and half-day kindergarten and first grade, in districts east of Seattle.  She has also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori classroom.  Her areas of professional interest include early childhood intervention programs, literacy in both early childhood and the elementary classrooms, multicultural education, cognitive development, collaborative learning, developmentally appropriate practice, teacher leadership, educational technology, and the use of authentic assessment in the classroom.  Erin enjoys working with pre-service teachers, helping them develop a sense of identity as teachers, guiding them through reflective teaching practices during their time in the program at SOU.  She has two toddlers who help her put theory into practice and continue to build on her understanding of the need for effective parent/school/community partnerships.

ECD Instructor Sue Hamilton

Susan Hamilton

Susan holds a M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Her experience includes working with children and families in a variety of programs. She has workd as an Early Childhood Teacher, Director and Trainer. Currently, Susan works with Eary Head Start as an Education and Family Partnership Supervisor and as an Adjunct Instructor at SOU. She has presented workshops at OAEYC and NAEYC.

ECD Instructor Sands Stockwell

Sands Stockwell

Sands has worked with children and families for more than thirty years.  She holds an M.A. in Education (with an emphasis on Hearing Impairment) from Pacific University.

Sands has worked with “at risk” populations throughout her career.  Her first job after college was teaching children who had developmental delays due to child abuse.  She has worked in educational settings as an aide, teacher, parent, administrator and consultant.  She spent ten years at the University of Oregon as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Specialist.  Special interests for Sands include working with families as well as children and teaching in the family home.  She conducts workshops about home visiting.  She has also taught a summer home visiting clinic for the Early Intervention Masters Degree students at the University of Oregon during the past three summers. Currently teaching for both SOU and RCC, Sands is delighted to be sharing some of what she has learned with the future teachers of our children.

Pat Bentley - Adjunct faculty ECD

Pat Bentley

Pat is a Professor Emeritus in the Oregon University System , SOU. She completed her graduate and post graduate work at the University of Oregon. She also earned a graduate diploma from Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Her undergraduate work was completed at George Fox College (University), Portland Museum Art School, and Southern Oregon College (University). She has served on the faculty at SOU in a variety of capacities since 1978, most recent before retirement, as Director of Distance Learning for 12 years, pioneering Distance Education at the institution, and training other faculty to use online teaching tools. Pat also served as an Associate Professor, teaching courses in the Masters of Education/CTL programs. In post-retirement, she continues to serve in the School of Education. Having been employed professionally in the field of education since 1967, Pat has enjoyed working as a middle school teacher and a media specialist, in addition to the many hats worn at SOU. With 43 years as a professional in education, she specializes in the areas of Talented and Gifted education, exceptional learners, differentiated curriculum and instruction, intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect, prevention of bullying in the schools, and Internet for educators/educational media. She firmly believes that "A great teacher is a dream maker, not a dream breaker!" ~ Chauncey Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year

 Sharon Dvora

 Sharon Dvora

Sharon earned a BA in Design in 1981 and worked as a graphic designer for many

years before entering the field of education. After earning her MAT with an endorsement in Art Education from SOU in 2000, Sharon brought a community-based approach to teaching art into her middle school classroom, her work as an elementary art specialist and into her work as a community artist, collaborating with children, families and community members in the creation of large-scale mosaic murals and installations for local schools and parks. As a museum educator, Sharon developed and presented family programs, public arts programming, summer art camps and museum-guided touring programs at the Schneider Museum of Art on the campus at SOU.

As co-director and teacher at Pomegranate Preschool for the Arts, Sharon enjoys a daily practice of creatively collaborating with children through song, movement and visual art processes. Sharon's educational interests include explorations into the Reggio Emilio approach to teaching, emergent curriculum, the healing potential of arts education and empowering teachers and students through the arts. Passionate about sharing the creative process with teachers, families and children, she invites the artist-within each of us to come out and play!

Sharon is currently teaching Art Education courses for SOU's School of Education, creating outreach educational programs for the Schneider Museum of Art and teaching at Pomegranate Preschool for the Arts.

Photograph Rebecca Olien, ECD Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca Olien

Rebecca Olien has twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher. During this time, she was involved in designing and developing curriculum in science, math, social studies, writing, and health curriculum, as well as, outdoor education, technology and science leadership, and professional development leadership for the school district.

Her development of curriculum and educational material led her to the publication of teacher resource books and content for professional publications and websites, and the also publication of over fifty books for children. For the past seven years Rebecca has developed courses and taught for READ Oregon and the education courses for Southern Oregon University. Rebecca holds a Masters’ degree in Professional Development and is currently working toward a second Masters in Education Technology and Adult Education. She currently works as an online teacher community and education material developer in Washington D.C., while continuing her passion for online interactive teaching and learning in Oregon.

 ECD Instructor - Amy Preskenis

Amy Preskenis

Amy graduated with her Masters in Teaching from Southern Oregon University in 2003. She taught both middle and elementary students before stepping away from the classroom to begin her family. Since then she has expanded her teaching repertoire to include substituting, teaching at the University and becoming a writing coach for elementary teachers. A few of her areas of interest include integrated curriculum, creating positive classroom climates and math investigations. She feels very fortunate to be married to the man of her dreams, be mother to a healthy and curious child and live in such a beautiful place.